Ultrasound should be standard in pleurodesis: researchers
Bedside thoracic ultrasound predicts talc pleurodesis success and may lead to quicker discharge after the procedure, UK researchers say.
A before-and-after scan is just as good as the traditional management approach of measuring fluid produced from the pleural cavity, according to clinical trial results.
In the procedure, a common treatment for malignant pleural effusion (MPE), talc is introduced into the pleural cavity to seal it.
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